The City of San Juan Capistrano Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to increase individual and community preparedness and self-reliance in the event of man-made or natural disasters. CERT volunteers are trained in emergency procedures and are duly registered as Disaster Service Workers in accordance with the California Government Code and the City of San Juan Capistrano Municipal Code.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, has been implemented in many communities across the country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has officially recognized CERT as an important part of a community's disaster preparedness readiness.
CERT training encompasses the following:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Terrorism Awareness
- Fire Safety
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Light Search and Rescue
- Disaster Psychology
- Disaster Communications
- Team Organization
- Disaster Simulation
The disaster preparedness training is offered free to the community. 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training will prepare the student for all types of hazards and disasters.
You must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this training program.
The Spring Basic CERT class will meet Monday evenings, beginning April 8, 2019, for 6 consecutive weeks. A final emergency drill will wrap up the course on Saturday, May 18. Sign-up on the application below. Additional course details and location information will be provided to applicants by email. CLICK HERE for the 2019 Spring Course schedule.